Ready For Leganés & Happy Birthday Nacho!

17 Jan

Benz took flight today as he completed the full session with the team in preparation for tomorrow’s match vs. Leganés.

Training

Moha, goalkeeper of the U19s was called up for the training. Luca trained on the pitch alone. Sergio continued his recovery work indoors. (Video)

Presser

FROM REALMADRID.COM

Zidane: “We have to go out and give everything and play at a high intensity”
by Javier Garcia | Photographer: Angel Martinez

“We’re playing away from home, it’s a cup game, we want to keep a clean sheet and score goals”, said the coach.

Zidane spoke in the press room at Real Madrid City after the last training session ahead the Copa del Rey match against Leganes, corresponding to the first leg of the quarter-finals (Thursday, 9:30pm CET). The coach analysed the trip to Butarque: “There’re a lot of key aspect for tomorrow. We’re going to play it like a knockout. It’s not a final, but all the games we have now are of huge importance. It’s a match away from home, a cup match and we’ve spoken about it, it’s a cup game and you have to go out and give everything”.

“The results are important and it’s important not to concede and score goals. We have to play with intensity from the beginning to the end of the game. It’s important to keep a clean sheet because it’s a knockout game. We’re playing away from home, we don’t want to concede goals and we want to score them. It’s always important to go out like that when you play away. Bearing in mind the difficulty of the game, we’ll be thinking about the two matches as always”.

Rotations
“I’m not going to say how we’re going to play. I have everyone available, as always. All the players are important and tomorrow you’ll see how we approach it. I believe in everyone until the end. There is talk that it’s not like last year, that there are players who play less. The players are here and everyone is important and that’s how it’ll be until the end”.

Physical work
“There is a big difference compared to the last two years. Last year we didn’t progress in the cup and we had more time to work during the week. Right now we play every three days and that’s not possible. It’ll be like that if we continue in the cup and Champions League. It’s a different time and we have to adapt. The last two years can’t be compared”.

Cristiano Ronaldo
“We know people what are saying, but what Cristiano has to do is think about playing, like he always does. I just want to talk about his performance and what he can bring to the team on the field. Cristiano is at his club, where he should be. The club, the fans and everyone loves him. I always say the same, I can’t imagine Real Madrid without a Cristiano. The footballing side is what interests me the most. People are talking about this at a difficult time talk for the team, but we still believe that things are going to change”.

“I don’t want to talk about the contract or things like that. Cristiano can do that and it’s him and the club who should talk about that. What I talk to Cristiano about are on-field matters. It’s better for everyone. Those upstairs manage it and I don’t get involved”.

His future
“I don’t overthink anything, I live day to day and I’ll not change that. The situation is what it is today. In the two years that I have been here, when we have won a lot, I’ve always said the same thing. I know the situation and what this club is like and I always go day to day”.

Players’ performance
“Everyone can think what they like. When I had a difficult time, I thought about sticking at my work and that things would improve soon. The best thing about football is that there are a lot of games to change things. You play every three days and you can change the dynamics”.

His chat with the squad
“If I think my word have less effect on the squad, I have to go. I think the opposite. We will continue with the hard work and the desire that we all have to turn the situation around. Not to make things better, but to win games. Things can be done better, because when you don’t win it’s for a reason. But we can’t change everything. What we want is to win games, that’s what’ll change the dynamic”.

James
“He made that decision. Things are going well and I’m happy for him. I’m just going to talk about my players. I’ve never had a problem with him, they’re decisions, he’s playing and I’m happy for him”.

Happy Birthday Nacho!

Nacho turns 28 tomorrow. It seems like just yesterday he was making his first team debut, doesn’t it? Now he’s a Spain international, husband and father of two. Time flies!

– Lozil

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